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J Ultrasound Med. 2015 Apr;34(4):713-9. doi: 10.7863/ultra.34.4.713.

Gel pad application for automated breast sonography.

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1
Department of Radiology, National Cancer Center, Gyeonggi, Korea (Y.J.K.); Departments of Radiology (S.H.K., B.J.K.) and General Surgery (B.J.S.), Seoul St Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea; and Department of Radiology, Hallym University Medical Center, Hallym University of Korea, Seoul, Korea (S.K.J., J.J.C.).
2
Department of Radiology, National Cancer Center, Gyeonggi, Korea (Y.J.K.); Departments of Radiology (S.H.K., B.J.K.) and General Surgery (B.J.S.), Seoul St Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea; and Department of Radiology, Hallym University Medical Center, Hallym University of Korea, Seoul, Korea (S.K.J., J.J.C.). rad-ksh@catholic.ac.kr.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to describe the technical aspects of gel pad application for automated breast sonography and to show its effects on pain relief, scan coverage, and image quality. Twenty patients underwent 2 sets of automated breast sonography with and without gel pad application and were then asked to provide feedback on the examination-related pain. Scan coverage and image quality were compared quantitatively and qualitatively. The degree of pain was significantly decreased after gel pad application (P < .0001). The scan coverage was expanded particularly at the mid-portion of the breast. Image quality was satisfactory without significant differences between the sets. Gel pad application for automated breast sonography is easy and provides significant pain relief. The scan coverage was expanded, while the image quality was maintained.

KEYWORDS:

automated; breast; breast ultrasound; screening; sonography

PMID:
25792588
DOI:
10.7863/ultra.34.4.713
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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